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Video: Wind and waves batter Florida as Michael's eyewall hits coast

Waves and wind slam Port St. Joe, Fl. (Video: Brian Emfinger, Live Storms Media)

(SBG) — As Hurricane Michael makes landfall, coastal towns of the Florida Panhandle are feeling the full force of the unexpectedly powerful storm.

Videos show marinas and beachside properties slammed by waves and battered by winds of up to 150 mph. Michael, a category 4, is the most severe storm on record to hit the Panhandle.

Residents who hadn't evacuated by this morning were forced to shelter in place as roadways quickly became impossible to travel. The storm could bring a foot of rainfall and a storm of 14 feet.

"The time to evacuate has come and gone ... SEEK REFUGE IMMEDIATELY," said Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Twitter. National Hurricane Center Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen commented on the storm, saying "We are in new territory. The historical record, going back to 1851, finds no Category 4 hurricane ever hitting the Florida panhandle."


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